Nearing the Summit

I’m not really sure why I’m trying to write fifty thousand words during November any more – I’m just kind of “doing it”, because I thought it would be a romantic, or eccentric thing to do – something to tick off the bucket list. In the days before starting, in late October, I remember worrying … Continue reading Nearing the Summit

Halfway There

It feels like I’ve broken the blogging or journaling habit. While writing upwards of two thousand words a day for “National Novel Writing Month”, it hasn’t even occurred to me to write about daily life. I sit down at the old Macintosh late on an evening, type like a crazed lunatic for an hour, and … Continue reading Halfway There

Watching From Afar

The last 24 hours have been an interesting experience – watching results roll in from the American mid-term elections. I have no part in the circus – I live on the other side of the world – and should really be worrying about the ridiculous situation my own country finds itself in. And yet here … Continue reading Watching From Afar

Goodbye Sam

While running back and forth through the hallway to our front door last Thursday, Sam sat in the way – cleaning himself. He didn’t seem too keen to move, and we just thought he was being belligerent. On Friday night, I noticed him walk past me in the kitchen, with a wet patch next to … Continue reading Goodbye Sam

The Good and the Bad

While cycling home from work this evening through the early-evening darkness, an entire family walked out in front of me. The family comprised of two adults in warm coats, followed by a rag-tag train of small witches, zombies, and superheroes. Ah yes – of course – it’s Halloween. Along the way I passed many other … Continue reading The Good and the Bad

The Stars Return

While walking into town this evening with Miss 13 on a doomed mission to purchase tea lights for the pumpkins the children have been carving for Halloween, I happened to look up at the night sky. After the clocks changed last weekend we have dark skies in the evening again. Twinkling overhead we saw Cassiopeia, … Continue reading The Stars Return

Oh to be 13 Again

It’s been a strange day. I got up early, and after having a shower and getting dressed, noodled around with this and that around the house – putting things away, emptying the dishwasher, putting a load in the washing machine – the usual morning chores. While folding clothes in the lounge, Miss 13 appeared in … Continue reading Oh to be 13 Again